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Black Mountain, Belfast

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Mountain · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Black Mountain is a large hill which overlooks the city of Belfast, Northern Ireland. With a height of 1,275 ft (389 m), it towers over most of west Belfast and is part of the Belfast Hills. Its name is probably derived from the adjoining mountain called Divis (; from Irish Dubhais 'black ridge'), and they may have been seen as one mountain in the past. On the summit is Black Mountain transmitting station.

Black Mountain is composed of basalt with limestone underneath, as is Cavehill further north. There have been flint finds in the area, which also contains raths, deserted farms and overgrown paths joining the fields and homesteads and trails scattered over the mountain. On a clear day there are views of Strangford Lough, the Mournes and the Sperrins, as well as Scotland and County Donegal.
For many years people have lobbied for the preservation of the Belfast Hills, hoping to bring an end to many years of quarrying. The quarry is steep and deeply excavated and the basalt from it is used mostly for road stone.
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  • It was cold, cloudy and was very windy when we visited but still enjoyed the walk. Overlooking Belfast City. Its good to bring handheld telescope esp. on a good day to further enjoy the view. The...  more »
  • We were lucky as for December, the temperature was about 11 deg. But definitely a worthwhile excursion for a 2 hours walk on a clear day to have a panoramic view of the City of Belfast!!  more »
  • On a clear sunny day it is a fantastic walk
  • What a walk with a beautiful view. Went in a eet and windy day and tell you what blew the cobwebs off. Different walks with different levels. Highly recommend esp with dogs and kids.
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